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What is Vivitrol?

Opioid addiction is an epidemic in this country. Thousands of people abuse opioids and thousands of people overdose and die because of opioid use each year. Opioids affect the nervous system by attaching themselves to opioid receptors and reduce the perception of pain. They come from the opium poppy with morphine being the active substance.… Continue Reading What is Vivitrol?

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Adolescent Addiction Treatment

As a teenager it can seem like you are just having a “good time” and doing “what everyone else is doing,” but this is an especially critical time in brain development. Abusing substances during this time can be harmfull to intellectual development, the ability to feel satisfaction and reward from everyday things, and the hard… Continue Reading Adolescent Addiction Treatment

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Depression and Addiction

Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common and serious mood disorder that often coexists with drug addiction; sometimes as one of the root causes, while other times as a result of substance abuse. It affects how you think, feel, and handle daily activities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… Continue Reading Depression and Addiction

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How to Know if You Have a Co-Occurring Disorder?

Treatment of drug and alcohol addiction is seldom as simple as merely addressing the particular chemicals an addict is taking into his body. More often than not, addicts suffer from other disorders in conjunction with their chemical dependency which is clinically referred to as co-occurring disorders. The National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services says… Continue Reading How to Know if You Have a Co-Occurring Disorder?

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Life After Treatment

You already made the decision to get sober, you went through the treatment, and now you are ready to start your sober life. This can be scary for some patients, they may feel worried or overwhelmed. The important thing to remember is that you always have help and support and you can do this. Aftercare… Continue Reading Life After Treatment

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7 Things Not to Say to an Addict

A majority of the calls treatment centers receive come from family and friends looking for help for someone they love. They understand the challenges family and friends face as they attempt to assist a loved one caught in the vicious cycle of a debilitating addiction to alcohol and/or other drugs. The frustration and loneliness associated… Continue Reading 7 Things Not to Say to an Addict